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0 THE GREENHOUSE.

0 POULTRY: BREEDING STOCK.

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0 POULTRY: BREEDING STOCK. The month of December is an important period of the year for most classes of poultry-keepers who are considering the strength and quality of their breeding pens for the coming season, and even if hatching is not desired until February or later, it will be wise to make the selection without delay, It cannot be too strongly mentioned that the cock or cockerel employed, represents at least •one half of the breeding pen, and unless he is associated with vigour, type, and strain, the season's work will prove a failure. It is here that so many breeders fail, and need to be reminded that it is penny wise and pound foolish to stint the male bird, either in its original purchase or after treatment. If an improvement is desired in the stock, a few shillings spent will prove a wise investment to all who look for profit from their birds. An important fact should be noted, that while breeders look to the male bird for colour and type, it is the hen that gives size; therefore, if larger birds are desired, much greater care should be exercised in the selection of good-sixpd, vigorous, and good-type hens. This will apply equally as well to exhibitors as to utility poultry breeders. Many poultry keepers are often in doubt whether a cock or cockerel is the best to use, and here expert advice is sought. There must be strength, vigour, and full maturity on one side of the union, not only to have fertile eggs and successful hatches, with the absence of dead in shell," but in order that the progeny may thrive. Cases of weakly chickens and those which seldom live beyond a few weeks can generally be traced to the weakness of the germ.

--+----OLD FRUIT TREES.

SERVING SWEDES.

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